Today’s Headlines

  • Controversy grows over the Obama administration’s ill-starred attempt to count jobs created or saved by the economic stimulus law, including transport projects (Bloomberg, NYT Blog)
  • Nominee for Amtrak’s board of directors says the train network needs better financial management (NorthJersey.com)
  • Green transportation analyst: Let’s redirect unused infrastructure stimulus money to transit (Det. News)
  • Untapped demand leading to transit growth in unlikely places (Planetizen)
  • When you hear members of Congress say that U.S. emissions limits can’t come without China changing its ways … well, we’re a notable contributor to their higher pollution levels (WSJ Blog)
  • Asphalt and concrete makers join the groups pushing for quick passage of a new long-term federal infrastructure bill (Dow Jones)

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As of the end of February, nearly $5.4 billion of transit stimulus money, or 74 percent, was under contract for projects in the 50 states and D.C., according to a Streetsblog Capitol Hill analysis of data released today by the House transportation committee. (Photo: DMI Blog) The success rate of transit stimulus spending was slightly […]

Stimulus Jobs From Transit vs. Roads: A Tale of Two States

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Smart Growth America, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group today reported that transit stimulus spending created nearly twice as many jobs per dollar as highway stimulus  projects — a conclusion that Streetsblog Capitol Hill first previewed a few weeks ago. But as the groups snag some big-media attention today, […]

NY and CA: How Did They Spend Transportation Stimulus Money?

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In an economic recovery report released today by New York Gov. David Paterson (D), the state broke down its plans for the estimated $31 billion it received as part of the Obama administration’s first stimulus law. New York spent more than half of its transport stimulus money on transit. (Photo: PlanetWare) A chart of New […]

Killing the Myth of the ‘More Shovel-Ready’ Road Stimulus

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Call This Morning to Boost Transit Funding in Stimulus Package

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Last night Jerrold Nadler’s stimulus bill amendment, which would add $3 billion for transit, cleared the House Rules Committee. The full House may vote on the amendment by noon today, so the sooner you call your representative the better. Transportation for America sends along some key points to make in your phone call: In the […]

Stimulus Forces Consideration of Transportation Priorities

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What are this society’s transportation priorities? As Twin Cities Streets for People points out, the stimulus package is forcing governments and citizens across the country to confront that question. We’ve got their most recent post on the subject today on the Streetsblog Network. Photo by lonely radio via Flickr. Like many, the folks at TCSP […]